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UK broadcasters have altered tonight's schedules following the news of Nelson Mandela's death.
It was announced last night (December 5) that the African leader had passed away following a long illness.
ITV will air Nelson Mandela: His Life And Legacy - fronted by ITV News presenter Mark Austin - at 11.20pm, replacing horror film The Grudge 2, with ITV4 airing a repeat of 2001's Mandela Freedom Concert at 1.20am. The concert will be broadcast a second time on Saturday at 10.30pm.
Inside Claridge's inspired a wave of workplace documentaries, with even KFC now getting in on the act. But what's the secret of a good shop show?
It might not have seemed that way at the time, but BBC2's Inside Claridge's has arguably become the most influential television programme of recent times. The proof is there for all to see, in the heap of copycat workplace documentaries jamming up the TV landscape. On Channel 4, there is Liberty of London. Sky has a series about Greggs. And even the BBC is bolstering its quota with a programme about Iceland, and another recently announced series about KFC.
Now, I can understand the appeal of Claridge's. That show was a peek behind the curtain of an institution. As a documentary about a hotel of such heritage and repute, which the vast majority of people will never set foot in, it was wish fulfilment. »
- Stuart Heritage
World Memory Champion Jonas Von Essen appeared on Monday's Newsnight and attempted to recite the programme's credits from memory.
However, the Swede almost slipped straight away as he tried to remember one very important name - presenter Jeremy Paxman. Watch below:
Jonas showcased his mental capability over the weekend at the World Memory Championships.
He beat 112 competitors from 30 countries to emerge victorious at the Croydon Conference Centre.
Nestled in the announcement about the 2014 Brit Awards was confirmation that next year's ceremony willbe the last hosted by James Corden.
Having made his debut alongside Kylie Minogue and comedy partner Mat Horne in 2009, Corden will have presented the annual backslapping event solo for four consecutive years, the longest stint in its history.
Given Corden's safe-pair-of-hands success, we can well see the British Phonographic Industry looking to pick another long-term prospect. Either way, Digital Spy rounds out some possible replacements for Corden.
The reason for Corden's success was his ability to (in the main) successfully juggle a sense of fun with the respectful deference the suits and stars demand from The Brits. Carr has of course »
The position in literary history of the writers of The Chronicles of Narnia and Brave New World has always been slightly overshadowed by a morbid coincidence. Cs Lewis (1898-1963) and Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) both had the misfortune to die of natural causes on the day that President John F Kennedy was unnaturally killed, meaning that first their obituaries and then their death anniversaries have been drowned out in the media by JFK's.
At the time, it seemed equally bad luck for a fictional TV character to be born into disrupted schedules the day after Kennedy died, but, 50 years on, the schedules have impressively stretched to accommodate lavish tributes for today's 50th anniversary of JFK's end and tomorrow's marking of »
- Mark Lawson
The John Landis-directed mini-movie – first shown publicly 30 years ago this week – influenced a generation of directors including Spike Jonze, turned music promos into an industry, and established MTV as a cultural force
John Landis was in London in 1983 when Michael Jackson called to ask if he was interested in making a video for Thriller, the title track of the album he'd released a little under a year before. Seemingly unaware of the time difference, Jackson had called at 2am UK time and the sleepy director had to feign knowledge of the song, which he hadn't heard. Jackson, for his part, hadn't seen Landis's films Animal House, The Blues Brothers or Trading Places; he wanted Landis because of An American Werewolf in London. Landis said he would do the video if it could be a short film, and Jackson embraced the idea. The 13-minute film that resulted changed the music video for ever, »
Jack Whitehall was left red-faced by his father's intimate revelations during the filming of the first episode of their new BBC Three show Back Chat.
During the interview with guest Jeremy Paxman, the topic of discussion steered towards the quality of Marks and Spencers underwear, a subject which the Newsnight host famously complained about in 2008.
Paxman told the hosts that his gripe stemmed from problems that he had with holes in his garments.
Backing up his guest, Michael Whitehall revealed to the studio audience that he personally had problems with underwear because of the size of his genitals.
"The problem I have is the elastic. I shouldn't say this in front of you [Jack], but I'm very well hung," he said.
"I need very strong elasticity in an underpant. Once it starts loosening up, all hell breaks loose."
Adding extra embarrassment, he added: "Jack has inherited some very good things from me, »
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Nigel And Adam's Farm Kitchen
Nigel (Slater) and Adam ("a farmer") decamp to Old Farm in the Cotswolds to grow and cook items from the nation's "fresh food shopping list", the source of which, ironically for a show about traceability, is never revealed. Just as enigmatic are the 30 strangers (to us, each other and the presenters) for whom the pair must cook a roast. We don't even get an introduction to Nigel's new Paxman-esque beard. At least the origins of his appetisingly christened "cow crumble" are less mysterious. Rachel Aroesti
A bit like Arthur C Clarke's similar shows of the 1980s, »
- Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller
Is Russell Brand's girlfriend moving in? A report claims the comic has asked Jemima Khan to live with him in Los Angeles. The 38-year-old comedian wants to prove he is committed to his on/off girlfriend and has reportedly told her he wants her to move to the Us. A friend told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Russell finally won Jemima back after a rocky start and now he doesn't want to let her go. ''He's due to be back in La before Christmas for work commitments and he wants Jemima to go with him so they can spend time at his place in Beverly Hills. ''If she likes it, he wants her to move there full-time with him. Russell ultimately wants them to divide their time between La and London together.'' However, Jemima is said to be unsure about leaving the UK because of a ''whirlwind romance'', although »
Speaking on Alan Carr's Chatty Man talk show, the comic criticised the government for being "mean and tight".
"If you're always cutting benefits and being horrible, it's because you don't know how to f**k properly," he told Carr.
"I think if your job is to look after the country and you don't care about the people who need it most, you're out of order, and you're a filthy, dirty, posh w**ker."
Brand went on to say that Cameron's privileged upbringing means he is unable to relate to general society.
"It's alright if you go to Eton and then you're in the House of Parliament. It's alright for them to say, 'Oh don't worry about gay rights, don't worry about poor people', because it's not part of their lives, but it's part of our lives. »
On last night's (November 12) edition of the BBC Two programme, Paxman closed with tattoos on each finger spelling "Good nite".
Paxman's fake tattoos follow the real tattoo inked on 75-year-old Dimbleby.
The current affairs and political presenter fulfilled his life-long dream of getting a tattoo, choosing the image of a scorpion on his shoulder.
Dimbleby had the tattoo done during the filming of his new maritime TV series Britain and the Sea for an episode focused on how body art was brought to the UK via Captain Cook's trips on the South Sea.
Celebrity tattoos - photo gallery: »
ITV business editor to return to the corporation as chief correspondent and presenter, as Gavin Esler leaves the show
The BBC said Kuenssberg would regularly take the presenter's chair on the show, joining an on-air team that includes Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitlis. The BBC said Esler will leave the show in January, with Kuenssberg due to arrive the following month.
Esler has been a presenter on Newsnight since 2003 and was previously one of the faces of the BBC News channel. The BBC said he would leave the show in January but could not confirm what he will do next.
Kuenssberg is expected to anchor Newsnight about once a week.
This marks the first major shakeup of the »
- John Plunkett
Kuenssberg, who is currently business editor at ITV News, will start work on the programme in mid-February 2014 as chief correspondent. She will also join the regular Newsnight presenting team alongside Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis.
"Working with the team at ITV News to cover the intense challenges faced by business, families and the wider economy has been a real privilege and I've really enjoyed the last couple of years," said Kuenssberg.
"But I'm truly delighted to be joining a reinvigorated Newsnight both to present and report at such an exciting time. It's been a long-held ambition of mine to work full-time on the programme and I can't wait to get started."
Kuenssberg returns to the BBC having originally joined the organisation in the year 2000.
She departed for ITV in 2011, after a stint as the BBC News Channel's chief political correspondent. »
At the age of 23, Jennifer Lawrence is proud of her wholesome Hollywood image in a world where young stars can't seem to stop shedding their clothes. During a recent interview with BBC Newsnight's Zoe Conway, the Hunger Games star was asked to share her opinion on the sexualization of women in the entertainment industry, such as pop star Miley Cyrus, and while the short-haired beauty tried to be as diplomatic as possible with her reply, she couldn't help but express her disapproval. "I don't really worry about it. It's definitely something that's just kind of a part of this world," the actress said when asked if she's concerned about women being put under pressure to be sex »
No judgement? During a recent interview with BBC Newsnight's Zoe Conway, Jennifer Lawrence was asked to share her thoughts on fellow stars like 20-year-old singer Miley Cyrus, and whether she worries about the sexualization of young women in the industry. "I don't really worry about it. It's definitely something that's just kind of a part of this world," The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star, 23, said. "It is a part of the entertainment industry that sells. Sex sells, and for some disgusting reason young sex sells even [...] »
The BBC has announced two new appointments for Newsnight.
BBC Two's flagship news and current affairs programme has confirmed that the Financial Times' Chris Cook has become the show's new policy editor.
Cook is currently the executive comment editor of the Financial Times, and is a former economics leader writer and education correspondent.
He will provide expert analysis across various policies and will contribute to the show's Westminster coverage.
Grossman will take on the new role in January, while Cook will join the team in February.
Newsnight editor Ian Katz said: "I'm delighted that Chris is joining the Newsnight team. He is one of those rare journalists who is both a proven story getter and a brilliant analyst with expert knowledge across a wide range of areas. He is also a formidable data journalist and tireless exploiter of the Foi law. »
In a New Statesman feature and Newsnight interview, Brand revealed that he does not vote, and instead called for revolution, prompting Webb to tell him to "read some f**king Orwell".
After Webb's interjection, Brand responded to say that he is "double, double against genocide", adding: "I am talking about a revolution of consciousness."
Asked about the public back-and-forth, The Last Leg host Hills told Digital Spy: "I think it's great. I love the fact that it's a debate. I don't think anyone should have the last word.
"Russell Brand did what jesters do, which is challenge the ruling elite, do something completely unpredictable and really put the cat among the pigeons."
He continued: "If it had finished »
Newsnight presenter blasts presenters who appear on BBC contest, saying 'I don't understand why they want to do it'
Not content with stepping in to back Russell Brand's criticism of the political process, Jeremy Paxman has blasted TV newsreaders who appear on Strictly Come Dancing. Speaking to Radio 2's Steve Wright in an interview ahead of Children in Need, Paxman said: "I will pay good money not to watch newsreaders making twats of themselves. I don't understand why they want to do it." Revealing that he had been approached twice to take part in Strictly, he added: "You want your head examined to do that." Monkey is guessing that Paxo didn't phone in to vote for Bill Turnbull or John Sergeant, and isn't rooting for current contestant Susanna Reid. Indeed, the increasingly curmudgeonly Newsnight host revealed he didn't watch much TV: "The great discovery is, I think, the off button. »
Dizzee for Pm
Jeremy Paxman kicks off an interview with Dizzee Rascal and Baroness Valerie Amos following Barack Obama's Us presidential win in 2008 by asking Dizzee he believes in political parties in Britain. The rapper replied: "Yeah, they exist, I believe in them. But I don't know if I care."
Paxman then interrupts Amos and addresses Dizzee as "Mr Rascal" before asking him: "Why don't you run for office?" To which Dizzee replies: "See that's a very good idea, I might have to do that one day. Rascal for Prime Minister, »
Steve Coogan has long been a bruiser. But lately he's become a crusader. Watch him go into battle on Question Time or Newsnight, or at the Leveson inquiry, or in the papers, and the figure he cuts is not light entertainer but lay preacher – a fireball with bristles, angry and unabashed.
And just as his stomach for action has strengthened, so the tone of his work has changed. A few years ago he optioned a biography of Soho mogul Paul Raymond, which became The Look of Love – whose clear message was that we mustn't mistake free love for moral laxity, nor measure a man's nobility in threesomes alone. Even Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was a cautionary tale about insufficient regulation of media conglomerates.
These twin indignations – sexual hypocrisy and »
- Catherine Shoard
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